10 Quick facts about: Rob Van Dam

1.In 2002, Van Dam was ranked the number one wrestler in the world by Pro Wrestling Illustrated. He was voted “Most Popular Wrestler” by readers of the magazine in 2001 and again in 2002.

2.He made his first appearance on WWF television in 1987 in a skit with “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. At the time, DiBiase was selecting plants from the audience and offering to pay them to perform degrading acts and offered the 16 year old Szatkowski $100 to enter the ring and kiss his foot, which he did.

3.The name Rob Van Dam was given to Rob in 1991 by Ron Slinker, a promoter in Florida, possibly because of his martial arts experience and his resemblance to actor Jean-Claude Van Damme.

4.Szatkowski is of Polish ancestry.

5.In 2011, he performed stand up at the Jon Lovitz Comedy Club.

6.Szatkowski is a trained kickboxer and martial artist. In 1990, he placed second in the Kalamazoo Heavyweight Toughman Contest.

7.His real name is Robert “Rob” Alex Szatkowski

8.He also provides the voice for a character named Bobby in the video game, whom served as a commentator for the Professor Genki side-quests Saints Row: The Third and Saints Row IV.

9.He is the inventor of the Van Dam Lift, a weightlifting technique that involves performing a split between two benches and lifting a dumbbell from the floor to the waist.The lift was approved by the International All-Around Weightlifting Association in 1998, and Szatkowski holds the current record, 166.5 lb (76 kg).

10.Van Dam started up RVD Radio on October 8, 2008 with the help of Brett Cohen, a producer for BlogTalkRadio. The episodes have changed between an hour and two hour long, initially held weekly but now sporadically held at www.blogtalkradio.com/rvdradio.